If you can remember these cards were actually originally planned for a September 2014 release as the Radeon R9 285X. The release was postponed because it would fail to compete against the just released NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 / 970, which had a much better performance per watt ratio. Now that the GTX 960 is out AMD is looking to fill in the performance gap between the 960 and 970. The Radeon R9 380X will have 2048 Stream Processors and 4GB of GDDR5 memory across a 256-bit interface. We have photos of three upcoming R9 380X’s from ASUS, XFX and Gigabyte.
ASUS STRIX R9 380X GAMING
ASUS’s R9 380X comes from their STRIX line and is codenamed STRIX-R9380X-OC4G-GAMING (90YV0901-M0NA00) and will ship with 4GB of GDDR5 memory. Specification are unknown, but we do know it will be overclocked.
XFX Radeon R9 380X
XFX’s Radeon R9 380X keeps the same design that they used on the R9 380. The card will also have 4GB of GDDR5 memory.
Gigabyte R9 380X G1 GAMING
Gigabyte’s R9 380X will be part of the company’s G1 Gaming line and will have the dual-fan WindForce 2X cooling solution.